A visiting headmaster, who attended our end-of-term Prize-Giving commented that there was “something delightfully friendly and unbigwiggish about it, and I loved the variety in your prizes and the variety of things they were given for…”
He rightly observed that I enjoyed the occasion, and given this encouragement, I am including here extracts from my speech:
“Hum has been for the past two years in entire charge of the Boarders, and I make some recognition of his efficiency and help by associating with me in the Headmastership. We are now joint Headmasters – with different spheres of responsibility. From our experience so far, I have not the slightest doubt that this arrangement will be most satisfactory in every way. With our other old hands, Mr [GC] Vassall, Mr Wallace and Mr Haynes to run the outdoor life, and with Mr Bye, who has come back with honour of war and runs the Junior House, and with GC still as our enterprising and most efficient Editor of the ‘Draconian,’ all should be well with the School.
I may also say here that my daughter [Kit Lynam/Marshall] has come back from her war work in France and Italy after nearly 4 years and that she is to marry Captain Cyril Barclay (Durham Light Infantry) and that they are to come to Oxford, and that we hope he will eventually join the Staff.
Thirty boys and girls are leaving this term, but we have already more than enough new boys down to take their places next term. It is always a sorrowful task to say goodbye to those who are passing on from us, especially to those who have been with us for a long time…
I wish all you boys and girls who are leaving every happiness and success in the future. I thank you for all the good you have done in the School by example and leadership and the credit you have won for us. It may be by winning scholarships or winning School matches or in other ways…
I have nothing special to say to the Parents, but I must thank them for this: that so very few wished to send their boys back on the 18th instead of the 24th September, whilst the vast majority welcomed the extra days in honour of the Great Peace.
These Scholarships have been gained this School year (in order in which they were gained):
D Wiggins, Exhibition, King's School, Canterbury. E Frere, Scholarship, St. Leonard's School, St. Andrews. M Carritt, Scholarship, Sedburgh. C Clark, 1st Scholarship, Winchester. J Brunyate, 2nd Scholarship, Winchester. D Hunt, Scholarship, Malvern. P Vernon, Scholarship, Oundle. P Mair, Scholarship, Oundle. B Sheard, Scholarship, The Leys. H Milford, Scholarship, Sherborne. E Webb, Scholarship, Charterhouse. L Salkeld, Scholarship, Rugby.
E Webb is not taking up his scholarship, having passed the interview and qualifying examination for the Navy. Stella Joy was top for Roedean. They must have an uncommonly high standard or else be short of cash, as I am sure Stella was worth a Scholarship.
This, though not quite as long a list as last year’s, is a record for any school in containing 1st and 2nd at Winchester.”
In the top form of 18, half were awarded scholarships.